THINK OF A RE­DESIGN

Take a good look at your gar­den and make changes

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Drought Busters -

• Iden­tify pre­vail­ing winds, es­pe­cially hot sum­mer winds and cold win­try blasts, that suck mois­ture from the air and the plants, mak­ing them de­mand more from the soil. Think of putting in a hedge wind­break.

• Track the path of the sun, as a south-west or west­erly as­pect can be very hot, dry and with­er­ing on sum­mer after­noons. Con­sider cre­at­ing shade with a big tree or a canopy.

• Use the sun­ni­est spot in your gar­den for your veg­etable patch and clothes­line.

• Plant a bog gar­den at the bot­tom of a slope to har­ness the rain­wa­ter that runs down it.

PLANT NA­TIVES OR SUC­CU­LENTS, AS THEY NEED LESS WA­TER THAN EX­OTICS.

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